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Pronunciation: /seɪl/

Translation of sail in Spanish:


  • 1 [Nautical/Náutica] 1.1 c and u (of ship, boat) vela (feminine) in the days of sail en la época de los barcos de or a vela in full sail con las velas desplegadas under sail a vela to hoist sail izar* velas to take in sail reducir* velas to set sail (start journey) zarpar, hacerse* a la mar [yacht/galleon] hacerse* a la vela to trim sb's sails cortarle las alas a algn
    Example sentences
    • Through the trees you may catch glimpses of billowing sails, wind surfers, cross-lakes ferries and motor boats.
    • The boat suddenly lurched and spun about as the sail was unfurled and caught the wind.
    • The wind caught the sails with a dull boom and the ship heeled about, tacking into the westerly breeze sweeping across the lake.
    1.2 (trip) (no plural/sin plural) viaje (masculine) en barco ( or en velero etc) to go for a sail salir* a navegar it's at least a day's sail away queda por lo menos a un día en barco or de navegación
    Example sentences
    • The longest leg of the journey is then the sail to Fort William and the final ascent of Ben Nevis.
    • Kate and Josie Fraser lead out a group of fellow 2003 NCAS Sailing scholarship holders on a training sail at Ballina last November.
    • A night's frantic journey or a daring sail on the treacherous winter sea is all it would take to put an ambusher in their path.
    1.3 countable/numerable
    (plural sail)
    (ship) velero (masculine) a dozen sail una docena de veleros
  • 2 countable/numerable (of windmill) aspa (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • On either side of her rose hills covered with vineyards and the gently rotating white sails of the windmills used for crushing grapes.
    • Only the sky at the top of each card is left, demarcated by the missing outlines of windmill sails, or trees, or Table Mountain.
    • A tourist boat putters by in the canal; the sails of the huge windmill overhead cast long, cool shadows across the road.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (control) [boat/ship] gobernar*, manejar he sailed the vessel too close to the shore llevó la embarcación demasiado cerca de la costa his job is sailing yachts for wealthy owners trabaja como patrón de yates de gente rica 1.2 (travel, cross) to sail the seven seas navegar* por todos los océanos, surcar* los siete mares [literary/literario] she intends to sail the Atlantic single-handed piensa cruzar el Atlántico en solitario

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (travel) [ship/boat] navegar*; [person/passenger] ir* en barco, navegar* we watched as the yacht/cruiser sailed slowly out to sea miramos como el yate/crucero se hacía lentamente a la mar how long does it take to sail to New York? ¿cuánto se tarda en ir a Nueva York en barco? to sail around the world dar* la vuelta al mundo en barco I love to go sailing me encanta salir a navegar 1.2 (depart) [person/ship] zarpar, salir*
  • 2 (move effortlessly) to sail into/out of a room entrar en/salir* de una habitación con aire majestuoso a swan sailed majestically by un cisne pasó deslizándose majestuosamente the weeks just seem to sail past las semanas van pasando sin que uno se dé cuenta

Phrasal verbs

sail into

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
[colloquial/familiar] arremeter contra

sail through

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
you'll sail through the exam aprobarás el examen con los ojos cerrados or sin ningún problema he sailed through the interview la entrevista le resultó muy fácil

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